When traveling to another country, immersing yourself in its unique offerings puts significant cultural value to your visit. When going to Seoul, you can choose from a wide selection of activities that are distinct to Korean culture. These include recreational and educational options that range from the most traditional to the most modern.
Going from one place to another in Seoul is usually a breeze because of its very efficient subway system. This makes traveling to different parts of the city easy, fast, and affordable for tourists.
Experience Korean Spa at a Jimjilbang
A jimjilbang (Korean bath house and sauna) can be an alternative to checking into a hotel, especially when you’re staying in Korea while in transit to another destination or you simply have a day to spare to maximize a pampering and relaxation time, Korean-style. What makes this type of spa service more interesting is that most places allow their clients to stay overnight to indulge in their hot, cold, and medicinal baths, oxygen rooms, salt rooms, and sleeping rooms. It typically costs between 6,000 to 12,000 won only, which is way much cheaper than spending time in a hotel.
It is always best to search for the best jimjilbang option for you ahead of time. One concern you may encounter is the possibility of choosing an establishment where foreigners may find it difficult to communicate with non-English staff. One recommendable place for international tourists is Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan. This all-inclusive health and relaxation complex is seven-stories high and it offers massage, sauna, spa, pool, sleeping, and garden areas for guests. It also houses a food court, children’s playroom, locker rooms, cinema and barbeque spots, and PC and video rooms.
Enroll in a Crash Course in Korean Cooking
If you love Korean food, you may want to try learning how to make authentic Korean culinary favorites such as kimchi, bibimbap, Korean barbeque, and seafood pancake at the O’ngo Food Communications Culinary Academy in Jong-no. Fees range from 55,000 to 100,000 won.
Another place where you can enjoy creative Korean cooking classes is at the Institute of Korean Royal Cuisine, which is also in the Jong-no area. It teaches you how to prepare food for Korean royalties, as well as the country’s modern rice cakes and hangwa (Korean cookies). Fees range from 40,000 to 320,000 won.
It is always best to check out updates on the schools’ official websites to ensure you’re booking for a cooking class schedule meeting your own itinerary.
Try Out the Popular Korean Pastime: Screen Golf
Screen golf is a hugely popular activity for Koreans. Screen golf places are located just about everywhere in Seoul where there are big signs saying “Golf” or “Screen golf.” It also makes the said sport a more affordable experience for both locals and tourists. For about 6,000 to 15,000 won, you can play virtual reality golf inside a comfy air-conditioned room where you hold your own golf club and wear golf gloves and shoes. These are all included in a regular screen golf package.
This indoor pastime option is best enjoyed in the company of friends and family members. A screen golf room is also a good place to grab a drink and eat out. This place is quite similar to the noraebangs or the more popular karaoke and videoke places, except that it offers screen golf instead of singing for its leisure activity.